Adam on the up
Scot Adam moved up one place to 12th in the overall standings after the Italian leg of the Ducati 848 Challenge, despite an oil leak which saw him sit out all but three practice laps.
In sweltering 37 degree heat, the Lutonian, on his 848 Evo bike, managed to fight his way to 17th on the starting grid – out of 32 racers – for the first of two ten-lap races on the Misano World circuit.
Temperatures rose by three more degrees for the first outing in front of 30,000 spectators, where Adam made a good start but lost time after almost crashing out on the third bend.
He clawed his way back to 11th, claiming a few more points, but he went slower than his qualifying time. The gearing was changed for race two in a bid to run better times.
With another flying start, Adam remained in the top ten for the opening laps until a rear tyre problems saw him slip back and eventually get pipped at the chequered flag by .038 of a second to finish 11th again, with a slightly faster lap times.
The Oulton Park British SuperBikes meeting is next for Adam between July 7-8.
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